Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Blog Tour: Luminary by Krista McGee

I received a copy of Luminary, book 2 of the Anomaly series, in exchange for my review.

Thalli and her friends Berk and Rhen, along with her mentor, John, have escaped the State in which they were confined and are on the run to find survivors above ground. Not knowing anything about the outside world is proving tough, especially when there are set backs caused by the natural world. When they reach a settlement they find that life has gone on outside of the state. Always feeling that she was different, Thalli finds that she thrives in the new world and quickly finds herself at home. But a threat is coming from the outside, another town that survived called Athens, and Thalli has to make a sacrifice to save New Hope, the place she was beginning to think of as home. But things in Athens aren't what she expected and her experiences there will leave her changed for good.

Well that certainly wasn't what I expected! It's been a fair while since I read Anomaly, but I found that the story came back to me quickly, and not just through the characters memories, but whatever it was that I expected to follow, it wasn't what I just read. And I mean that in a completely good way!

I'm going to mention it early in my review because I know that (unfortunately) it may put people off, but there is a strong element of religion in Luminary, and in my opinion it was a stronger element than was in Anomaly. Personally I didn't have a problem with the mentions of religion (Christianity) or the way in which the characters interacted with it. Even the most staunch believer, John, wasn't throwing it down people's throats, but rather he was helping Thalli and those around her to believe. But ultimately Thalli's belief came from herself, from resolving her doubts.

I thought that it was very interesting that the relationship between Thalli and Berk changed so dramatically. In the last book they were pretty much an item relationship wise, and I thought they'd end up together. But both of them seemed distant from the other from the off in this book, and then things got said that damaged that further. I thought it was good the way that the author has captured the difficulties of young relationships, and also that big events can really change the feelings between two people.

And then there is Alex. Oh I liked him from the first moment he was introduced...is he right for Thalli? I'm yet to decide (but leaning towards yes). BUT it's not really a love triangle. Thalli spent very little time actually considering which of the two she preferred (though she did decide she cared for them both to some extent). I do think that the tension there is going to create a dramatic situation in the next book and I'm looking forward to that conclusion!

Thalli's character is certainly well formed. She isn't just one personality trait she is many. And I was relieved when she finally got to play her music again! Thalli was creative at times, emotional, brave and selfless, but more than that, at times Thalli was scared. Not just for herself but for others as well, and that admission of fear actually made her seem her age far more than many other characters in YA dystopias.

I'm really interested to see what Revolutionary has to offer!

Revolutionary (Anomaly #3)
Release Date: 07/15/14
Thomas Nelson Publishers

Summary from Goodreads:
All her life Thalli thought she was an anomaly. Now she must use her gifts to fulfill the role she was called to play: Revolutionary.

Back in the underground State against her will, Thalli is no longer the anomaly she was before. She has proven herself to be a powerful leader aboveground and returns with information that Dr. Loudin needs to complete his plan of uniting the world under one leader: himself. But he, too, has information. A secret he has kept from Thalli her entire life. A secret that, once revealed, changes everything about the person Thalli thought she was.

Hoping to help Thalli rise up against the Scientists, both Berk and Alex join her underground, but their presence only brings more trouble for her. Now Dr. Loudin knows just the leverage to use on his captive, and she is forced to choose between the two of them. Is her first love her true love? Or does Alex ultimately claim her heart?

Unsure of everything around her, including her own identity, Thalli doesn’t know where to turn. She knows she needs the Designer, but he seems further away than ever. What she does know, though, is that if she doesn’t do something to stop Loudin, the fragile world aboveground will be lost once and for all.

Link to books one and two:
(covers linked to Goodreads)
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About the Author
Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.

Author Links:
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Blog Tour Schedule:
July 14:
Christian Chick's Thoughts - http://christianchicksthoughts.blogspot.com - Review
Books i View - http://booksiview.com - Review
Highway-Y.A. - http://highway-ya.blogspot.com – Promo Post
Mom With A Kindle - http://momwithakindle.blogspot.com – Promo Post
Words I Write Crazy - http://writingcrazyme.blogspot.com/ - Review
Buried Under Books - http://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/ - Review
Turning Pages - www.theturningpages.com - Review

July 15:
Will Read for Coffee - http://www.willreadforcoffee.blogspot.com - Review
Shayna Varadeaux Books & Reviews - http://www.shaynavaradeauxbooks.blogspot.com – Review
trips down imagination road - http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-lives.blogspot.co.uk – Review
Captivated Reading - http://www.captivatedreadingreviews.com – Review
Gobs and Gobs of Books - www.gobsandgobsofbooks.blogspot.com – Review
Dalene's Book Reviews - http://dalenesbookreviews.blogspot.com - Review

July 16:
Gabic Reads – www.gabicreads.blogspot.com - Review
I Read Indie - http://twimom101bookblog.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post
Feed Your Fiction Addiction - http://feedyourfictionaddiction.blogspot.com - Review
Cristi's Reviews - http://www.myproductreviews-cristi.blogspot.com – Review
Addicted Readers - http://addictreaders.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post
Confessions of a Readaholic - http://iliveforreading.blogspot.com – Review
The Solitary Bookworm – www.thesolitarybookworm.com - Review

July 17:
My Tangled Skeins Book Reviews - http://mytangledskeinsbookreviews.blogspot.com - Review
Always a Booklover - http://alwaysabooklover.blogspot.com - Review
Curling Up With A Good Book - http://curling-up-with-a-good-book.blogspot.com/ - Promo Post
Fictional Reality - http://livinginafictionalreality.blogspot.com – Review
The YA's Nightstand - https://theyanightstand.blogspot.co.uk – Review
Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance - http://readingandwritingurbanfantasy.blogspot.com/ - Review
All Who Wander - http://wendimlee.blogspot.com/ - Review

July 18:
Such a Novel Idea - http://suchanovelidea.com - Review
The Cover Contessa - http://www.thecovercontessa.com – Promo Post
Beneath the Jacket Reviews - http://beneaththejacketreviews.blogspot.com/ - Review
The NerdHerd Reads  - Http://thenerdherdreads.blogspot.com – Review
The Phantom Paragrapher - www.thephantomparagrapher.blogspot.com - Review
Ladybug Literature - http://www.ladybugliterature.blogspot.com – Promo Post

SIK Book Reviews - http://sikbookreviews.blogspot.ca - Review

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